Skagit County, WA– 19-year old Luis Angel Moreno of Kent and his friend, Jacob Hill were hiking near Wing Lake in East Skagit County on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 when MORENO reportedly fell from Black Peak just after noon.
According to Gretchen Hubbert, Jacob Hills Mother, Mr. Hill hiked from Black Peak until he found two Mountaineer Campers named Garret and Tom. They stayed with Mr. Hill and activated their emergency locator beacon in an attempt to get emergency Search and Rescue personnel en route.
The two campers stayed with Mr. Hill until late in the day when they realized search and rescue personnel were not able to locate them and Garret and Tom convinced Mr. Hill, who was in shock, to come off the mountain with them and summon help.
A Skagit County Search and Rescue Team, along with National Parks Service were able to respond to the area around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 5th and with assistance from a private helicopter company, they recovered Mr. Moreno’s remains in a remote and rugged area. The remains were transferred to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office and then to the Skagit County Coroners Office.
The Official cause of death is pending, but initial reports say his death appears to be accidental.
Gretchen Hubbert said “We are incredibly grateful to Skagit County Search and Rescue for bringing us Angel’s body. She continued, “In consultation with my son. I would also like to thank Garrett and Tom, the mountaineer “campers” who took care of my son while Jacob was in deep shock.”
Angel’s Aunt, Miroslava Orozco wrote in a Go Fund Me page set up to help cover funeral expenses ” Angel was kind, positive, and passionate about the outdoors. He was a graduate of the Kentridge class of 2016, went on as a sophomore at Green River Community College and was the President of the Green River Natural Resources Club. Angel felt a profound connection with nature and the outdoors. During a backpacking excursion from October 3rd to the 4th to Black Peak in the North Cascades, with his friend Jacob, Angel suffered a tragic and fatal accident around noon on the second day at 8800 feet, close to the peak. He passed away without suffering while doing what he loved most in the serenity and beauty of the North cascades. ”